the Degree Confluence Project

United States : South Carolina

2.3 miles (3.7 km) NE of Goose Creek, Berkeley, SC, USA
Approx. altitude: 6 m (19 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest OpenStreeMap topo aerial ConfluenceNavigator)
Antipode: 33°S 100°E

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#2: Standing near the point #3: Sign documenting effort #4: GPS display

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  33°N 80°W (visit #3) (incomplete) 

#1: Standing near the point

(visited by Neal Menkus, Greg Horne, Mark Kinney, Shavona Holmes, Jim Grant and Lisa Hale)

19-Jan-2001 -- Initial map surveys indicated that getting to this Degree Confluence could be a problem, since it is located on a portion of the U.S. Navy's Polaris Missile Facility (Atlantic) POMFLANT base near Charleston, South Carolina, USA.

However, after reading that the circle of error is 100 meters, a preliminary reconnaissance was conducted. Rough pacing showed that it was possible to walk an active railroad line to within the specified proximity of the point.

So, we prepared a sign for a follow-up visit, borrowed a GPS unit from the Forest Research Department, and headed out. It was a beautiful "low-country" winter day. The sun was shining, the wind was still, and a long-sleeve shirt was all that was needed.

We stopped for lunch along the way. I remember eating shrimp and grits, and the discussion touching on dietary rules (among other things). A proposed guideline was don't eat animals that eat meat, since it has a "gamey" taste. An exception was proposed for tuna fish, followed by further exceptions. The final rule was to eat what you like. (I like dessert, especially if it is chocolate.)

We parked outside an unguarded gate (so we didn't have to explain what we were doing), and walked away from the gate to the railroad line. Then, it was a short walk along the line to the proximity of the point, tracking our progress using the GPS unit. When we were close, we placed the GPS unit on the ground to settle. We adjusted our position a little, and then bushwhacked a trail through the briars to the security fence (I ruined a new pair of pants). Then we placed the sign, and proceeded to take turns making photos. Then, we went back to work.

Coordinator's Note: This visit was classified as an attempt since the visitors did not supply a picture of the confluence without people.

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#1: Standing near the point
#2: Standing near the point
#3: Sign documenting effort
#4: GPS display
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